The tough thing about a one game playoff series is there are no second chances, and that’s exactly what the AZL Cubs wanted after this one. The Cubs committed six errors and were generally sloppy all night as they fell to the Athletics 15-3 and were eliminated from the playoffs.
Paul Blackburn got the start for the Cubs and was decent over the first three innings giving up three runs on four hits while striking out three. The Cubs were in a 3-0 hole early but got right back into it with two runs in the fourth to cut the deficit to one, unfortunately that’s as close as they would get. The A’s scored seven times in the fateful 6th inning that saw three walks, and two wild pitches from Cubs pitching. The A’s would add three more in the 7th and one final tally in the 8th to put this one to bed. Carlos Penalver had a great game at the plate going 3-for-4, but hit with no one on all night. Trevor Gretzky also had a solid game at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s. Juan Paniagua was the bright spot out of the Cubs pen as he tossed two strong innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking two and striking out one.
Unfortunately the Cubs were not playing with a full deck as Shawon Dunston Jr. was unable to go tonight, I’m sure he wanted to but the organization was being cautious with him after he was hit by a pitch earlier this week. Great season from the Cubs, they crushed the ball all year, unfortunately they didn’t have enough to get past the A’s. Most of these players will head to instructional leagues during the off-season, we will keep you up to date on their progress all off-season and have a season recap in the next few days.
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